Departure From Bangkok, Thailand © Vatican Media

Pope Francis Enjoys Warm Send-Off from Thailand

Thanks ‘Beloved People’ for Hospitality During His Visit

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Pope Francis left Thailand on November 23, 2019, after four days of apostolic travel to the country. He left for Japan, the second leg of his apostolic trip.

ZENIT’s Senior Vatican Correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov, is covering the trip from the Papal Flight.

After having celebrated Mass privately at the Apostolic Nunciature where he was staying during his visit to Thailand, the pope took leave of the staff and went to Bangkok’s military airport.

Upon his arrival, he was greeted by a member of the Crown Council, with whom he walked the red carpet, greeted by the Guard of Honor, and by eleven children as well as Thai authorities, including the Deputy Prime Minister. 

The pope’s plane, from Thai Airways International, departed at 9:54 from Bangkok (3:54 in Rome) to land at Tokyo Haneda airport at 5:32 pm (9:32 am in Rome).

On leaving Thai territory, the pope sent a telegram to King Rama, thanking «the beloved people» for his «warm welcome» and «generous hospitality».

Invoking abundant divine blessings on all, the Pope assured of his prayers «for the peace and harmony of the nation».


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Anne Kurian-Montabone

Laurea in Teologia (2008) alla Facoltà di teologia presso l'Ecole cathedrale di Parigi. Ha lavorato 8 anni per il giornale settimanale francese France Catholique" e participato per 6 mese al giornale "Vocation" del servizio vocazionale delle chiesa di Parigi. Co-autore di un libro sulla preghiera al Sacro Cuore. Dall'ottobre 2011 è Collaboratrice della redazione francese di Zenit."

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